Sand And Foam -- Poem Of The Day

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Sand And Foam -- Poem Of The Day

Today's poem of the day is Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam.

Sand and Foam Kahlil Gibran

“I am forever walking upon these shores, Betwixt the sand and the foam, The high tide will erase my foot-prints, And the wind will blow away the foam, But the sea and the shore will remain. Forever.”

I can't retype the whole poem because it's very long, but I love the above line. It is the very opening of the poem.

Recently I was talking with someone about the psychology behind wanting to leave a footprint in the world. People have many different fears, but I think the greatest is being forgotten. It is not so much that people want to be famous, or be revered, as they want to leave their mark. Human psychology and fears are fascinating to me. Why do we fear being forgotten? When discussing this poem specifically, I argued that people who fear being forgotten aren't truly confident in their purpose in life. Sand and Foam is all about leaving behind something, just so it can be wiped away, like a Mandala. The practice of this really forces us to learn that what is most important is within us all the time. A lesson I need to re-learn constantly.

I have another favourite quote from Sand and Foam:

"It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it."

Completely unrelated to the above, it means we have to really listen to grasp the meaning of something. And it also harks back to the concept of 'is something real if we don't believe it;' something I talked about in-depth in this post.

Kahlil Gibran goes on to say that we are present in everything. The universe is comprised of all of us. Maybe this is what our lives mean after all.